Financial Aid

We know that college is a significant investment, so we provide unparalleled financial aid opportunities to talented students, regardless of their economic circumstances.

Introduction

Understand your financial aid opportunities

CCA scholarships made art school in San Francisco possible for Arleene Correa Valencia (Individualized Studies 2018) in both her undergraduate and graduate pursuits.

With exceptional institutional support

CCA is ranked as the top art school in the nation for best return on investment. But what can you expect when it comes time to actually make that investment? A college committed to helping you succeed.

We have a dedicated Financial Aid office that helps students discover and learn how to apply for financial aid; we provide internship connections, career development, and student employment; and we invest in student futures by awarding more than $24 million in college-funded scholarships each year.

The financial aid process varies based on your circumstances. Nearly 75% of our students receive some form of financial aid, and the average amount of combined scholarships and grants a CCA undergraduate student receives is $21,290. Here are the major types of aid and who is eligible for each:

  • Scholarships: First-year freshmen, transfer, international, continuing, and graduate students
  • Grants: First-year freshmen, transfer, continuing, and graduate students
  • Work-Study: First-year freshmen, transfer, continuing, and graduate students
  • Loans: First-year freshmen, transfer, international (for non-federal loans), continuing, and graduate students

Upcoming FAFSA priority deadlines

To apply for federal loans, you’ll need to submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid, known as FAFSA, by the deadlines listed below.

  • For new students entering fall 2019: Feb. 1, 2019
  • For new students entering spring 2020: Oct. 1, 2019
  • For continuing students entering fall 2019: May 1, 2019

Contact

Our team can help you find financial aid

We offer guidance throughout the entire process

Reach out to us with any questions along the way, from how to get a scholarship or what is FAFSA, to when to submit required forms or understand an award package letter.

Dewayne Barnes

Director of Financial Aid

+1 415-703-9573

[email protected]

Samantha (Durant) Dancel

Associate Director of Financial Aid

+1 415-338-9538

[email protected]

Kalyn Diaz

Financial Aid Coordinator

+1 415-551-9335

[email protected]

Shannon Dowling

Assistant Director of Financial Aid

+1 415-993-3902

[email protected]

Corina Ledezma

Financial Aid Counselor

+1 415-300-2787

[email protected]

Anavely Rodriguez

Assistant Director of Financial Aid Data and Technology

+1 415-488-8683

[email protected]

Scholarships

Plan for college with scholarships for art students

CCA scholarships have changed the lives of students from across the spectrum of backgrounds, disciplines, and points on their academic journey.

CCA scholarships

We have a robust scholarship offering that recognizes talented students in both our graduate and undergraduate programs. With an average financial aid package of $30,706, part of which is provided by scholarships, full-time undergraduates can meet 59% of their financial need.

There are five types of institutional scholarships you may be eligible for:

  • Merit
  • Diversity
  • Need-based
  • Named and emeritus
  • All-college honors

Merit scholarships

What is a merit scholarship?

Merit scholarships are awarded based on a student’s academic achievement and creative ability as demonstrated by their portfolio.

Who is eligible to receive a merit scholarship?

We offer merit scholarships for graduate students, first-time freshmen, international students, and transfer students.

Undergraduate merit scholarships range up to $22,000 and may be renewed for four years of full-time enrollment if the recipient maintains good academic standing.

Transfer applicants could receive a minimum $10,000 in the form of CCA’s Faculty Honors awards, based on outstanding creative ability and academic achievement.

Graduate merit scholarships range up to $42,000 and are awarded to outstanding students by the graduate admissions committee. These renewable scholarships are highly selective, prestigious, and based on the strength of the student’s application and portfolio.

International student scholarships based on merit range from $10,000 to $20,000 for undergraduate students. Graduate merit international student scholarships range from $10,000 to $36,000. Nearly half of our international students receive a merit scholarship.

How do I apply?

When you apply for admission to CCA by the priority deadline, you’re automatically qualified for merit scholarship consideration.

Diversity scholarships

What is a diversity scholarship?

Diversity scholarships are awarded to qualified undergraduate and graduate admissions applicants who bring diverse experiences, ideas, and creative work to the CCA community.

Awards are based on a thorough review of the student’s application, essay (including additional essay topics), and portfolio. Diversity scholarships may be renewed for four years of full-time enrollment if the student maintains good academic standing.

Who is eligible to receive one?

We offer diversity scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students. The following criteria will allow a student to be considered in the diversity scholarship review: students who have demonstrated academic and artistic achievement and are from educationally disadvantaged families; students with demonstrated leadership in service to the community; and students whose work focuses on social or cultural issues.

How do I apply?

Undergraduate students who apply for admission to CCA by the priority deadline and who have also completed their FAFSA, as well as graduate students who apply for admission to CCA by the priority deadline, are automatically considered for a diversity scholarship.

Need-based and CCA scholarships

What are need-based and CCA scholarships?

Need-based scholarships for undergraduate students and CCA scholarships for graduate students are awarded to those with demonstrated financial need and based on academic achievement.

Who is eligible to receive one?

Recipients must be U.S. citizens or eligible noncitizens and have demonstrated financial need. Students enrolled less than full time may receive prorated scholarships.

How do I apply?

When you apply for admission to CCA by the priority deadline, you’re automatically qualified for need-based or CCA scholarship consideration. Need-based scholarships will continue to be awarded to qualified applicants who submit a late application.

Named and emeritus scholarships

What are named and emeritus scholarships?

These are scholarships initiated in honor of a generous donor, alum, emeritus faculty, or friend of CCA.

Who is eligible to receive one?

Named scholarships are awarded to both graduate and undergraduate students. Emeritus scholarships are awarded to undergraduate students only. Some of these scholarships are exclusively for students working in particular disciplines.

Recipients are full-time incoming or continuing students who are either U.S. citizens or eligible noncitizens and who demonstrate financial need and academic merit at CCA.

How do I apply?

Recipients must be nominated by CCA faculty.

How many are available?

These awards include scholarships for women, minority scholarships, painting scholarships, drawing scholarships, graphic design scholarships, and many other discipline-specific and multidisciplinary scholarships. Any eligible student may receive the open scholarships. Some of these scholarship programs award one per academic year, while others award several recipients.

Interior Design
Andy Addkison Scholarship Fund
Alvin E. Cole and Ruth S. Cole Scholarship Fund
Terry Dougall and Robert Hill Rainbow Endowed Scholarship

Glass
Annie Glass Scholarship

Ceramics
Arthur E. Nelson Memorial Scholarship

Alternate Fine Arts/Design, ACH
Marjorie Benedict Memorial Scholarship

Design/Diversity
The Clorox Company Foundation Scholarship

Design/Upper Division
Michael Vanderbyl Design Scholarship

Graphic Design
The Richard and Jean Coyne Family Foundation Graphic Design Scholarship
Wolfgang Lederer Emeritus Scholarship
Steve Renick Graphic Design Scholarship
Steven Reoutt Endowed Scholarship
Louis Shawl Graphic Design Endowed Scholarship
Louis Shawl Trustee Emeritus Scholarship

Graphic Design/Writing
OgilvyOne Endowed Scholarship

Fine Arts
Vivian Bolton Scholarship
Kate V. and Harry W. Davies Memorial Scholarship
Florence J. French Endowed Scholarship
Hugo and Alva Steccati Memorial Scholarship
Henry Sugimoto Memorial Scholarship
Jerrold B. Whitney Memorial Scholarship

Fine Arts with an emphasis on Painting
William Brobeck and Gloria Brown Brobeck Scholarship

Fine Arts and open to graduates of any Alameda County High School
Edna Reichmuth Scholarship

Interior Design/Architecture
RMW/Matthew R. Mills Endowed Scholarship

Painting
Richard K. Price Scholarship
Louis and Lundy Siegriest Memorial Scholarship
Jason Schoener Memorial Scholarship

Painting and Drawing
Ralph Borge Scholarship
Ted Doyle Scholarship
Robert Ralls Memorial Scholarship
Peter Shoemaker Memorial Scholarship

Painting and Drawing for female students
Sheila Sullivan Memorial Scholarship

Painting/Illustration
Peter Chapman Memorial Scholarship

Painting/Printmaking
The Mikae Hara Scholarship

Printmaking
Yozo Hamaguchi Printmaking Scholarship

Illustration
The Richard and Jean Coyne Family Foundation Illustration Scholarship

Fashion Design
Jan and Tom Boyce Endowed Scholarship

Textiles
Ruth Boyer Emerita Scholarship

Sculpture
Leonard and Bella Feldman Endowed Scholarship

Ceramics/ACH
Charles Fiske Memorial Scholarship

Architecture
Fong & Chan Architects (David G. Fong/ Chiu Lin Tse-Chan) Undergraduate Scholarship Endowment Fund
George Frederick Jewett Foundation Architecture Scholarship

Media Arts/Performance
Alan Herrick Memorial Scholarship

Humanities
Walter J. Menrath Scholarship
Gertrude Schaufel Memorial Scholarship

Wood
Ronald and Anita Wornick Award and Scholarship

Open/Diversity/Community Arts
The James Irvine Foundation Scholarship

Open/Diversity
Fletcher Jones Foundation Endowed Scholarship
The Bernard Osher Foundation Scholarship

Open and for African-American students
Ellamae Simmons, MD Endowed Scholarship

Open with an emphasis on Painting
George Post Memorial Scholarship

Open with an emphasis on Jewelry and Metals
The Rotasa Foundation Scholarship
The Kadima Scholarship

Open
R. A. Brown Memorial Scholarship
Carmen M. Christensen Endowed Scholarship
Christopher Timothy Cutler Endowed Scholarship
Frederick W. Farnol and Ellen C. Farnol Endowed Scholarship
Forster Family Scholarship
Goldenberg Endowed Scholarship
Richard F. “Rick” Groshong Memorial Scholarship
Mildred Hansell Memorial Scholarship
The William Randolph Hearst Foundation Endowed Scholarship
Heritage Scholarship
Alumni Heritage Endowed Scholarship
Osman and Gordena Jackson Memorial Scholarship
Walter and Josephine Landor Endowed Scholarship
Albertina “Nina” Zanzi Endowed Scholarship
Michael & Robyn Muscardini Endowed Scholarship
Lloyd H. Oliver Memorial Scholarship
Lucille Knutson Leslie Scholarship
National Endowment for the Arts Scholarship
Ethel V. Olson Endowed Scholarship
Jessie Cutting Richardson Memorial Scholarship
Roth & Weil Family Endowed Scholarship
Norma Schlesinger Endowed Scholarship Fund

All-college honors scholarships

What is an all-college honors scholarship?

Each spring CCA sponsors the All-College Honors Awards competition, which awards scholarships that are then granted during the fall semester. Each merit prize is chosen based on a portfolio review by an interdisciplinary faculty jury.

Who is eligible to receive one?

Both enrolled undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to submit portfolios for this one-year prize. Competition entrants must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher and be in good academic standing.

How many are available?

Twenty-three all-college honors scholarship awards are given each academic year to students in BA, BFA, and BArch undergraduate programs, as well as in MA, MBA, MFA, and MArch graduate programs. Programmatic undergraduate award categories include Design and Architecture, Fine Arts, Writing, and First Year. Programmatic graduate award categories include Architecture.

Feb 01

Undergraduate fall priority deadline: First-year scholarships

Admissions deadline for all undergraduate institutional scholarships, including diversity, merit, named, and all-college honors scholarships.

Mar 01

Undergraduate fall priority deadline: Transfer scholarships

Admissions deadline for all undergraduate institutional scholarships, including diversity, merit, named, and all-college honors scholarships.

Mar 01

International fall priority deadline: Scholarships

Application deadline for all international institutional scholarships.

Jan 10

Graduate fall priority deadline: Scholarships

Application deadline to be considered for graduate institutional scholarships.

Outside scholarships

Scholarship assistance can come from sources beyond CCA as well. Take a look at our list of domestic and international opportunities that offer scholarships for students.

Grants

The most beneficial form of financial aid

Grants don’t need to be repaid or earned

In combination with scholarships, grants can contribute greatly to financial aid because these funds don’t need to be paid back. During 2016–2017, CCA undergraduates earned a total of $24,873,884 in combined scholarship and grant funding. There are three types of grants that students most commonly use at CCA:

Federal Pell Grants

What can I expect from a Federal Pell Grant?

This is a federal grant awarded to undergraduates working toward a bachelor’s degree and who have exceptional financial need. Around 31% of CCA undergraduates received Federal Pell Grants in 2016–2017.

Award amounts are set by the federal government based on financial need and enrollment status. Awards range from $593 to $5,920 for full-time students; award amounts for part-time students are set in proportion to the number of enrolled units.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

What can I expect from an FSEOG?

Full-time Federal Pell Grant recipients with significant financial need may also be awarded a Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG). FSEGO awards range from an additional $500 to $2,000 per year and may not be combined with Cal Grant funding at CCA.

Cal Grants

What can I expect from a Cal Grant?

Receiving a state Cal Grant makes a difference. When combined, institutional scholarships, Cal Grants, and federal grants could cover up to 85% of a student’s tuition each year, depending on their and their family’s financial circumstances.

Cal Grant A

Available for undergraduate California residents who seek to earn a bachelor’s degree, Cal Grant A awards are based on cumulative GPA and financial need and can be used toward tuition and fees. Qualifying students can receive grants up to $9,084, renewable up to four years.

Cal Grant B

Cal Grant B awards are similarly available to undergraduate California residents who seek to earn a bachelor’s degree, but provide tuition and fee assistance plus a living allowance stipend. These are based on cumulative GPA and significant financial need. Recipients are generally from disadvantaged economic/educational backgrounds. Awards for first-year students provide up to $1,672 for books and living expenses. When renewed or applied beyond the first year, awards also include tuition and fee assistance of up to $9,084.

Cal Grant recipients can manage their award on the Cal Grant 4 Students portal.

Cal Grant key dates

Eligible California residents should apply for these state financial aid program resources by these deadlines. Steps to apply can be found at the California Student Aid Commission’s website.

Mar 02

Cal Grant: New student fall deadline

Deadline for incoming undergraduate students to submit their Cal Grant applications.

Mar 02

Cal Grant: Continuing student fall deadline

Deadline for continuing undergraduate students to submit their Cal Grant applications.

Work-Study

Earn money while attending college

What is work-study?

Work-study programs provide part-time employment for undergraduate, graduate, part-time, and full-time students who demonstrate financial need. These positions empower students to begin paying educational expenses in real time.

At CCA, we offer two types of work-study programs—federal and institutional. The award package letter we mail following admission acceptance will provide information regarding whether a student is a recipient of work-study funds.

Federal work-study

Federal work-study funds are awarded on the basis of need to eligible undergraduate and graduate students applying for financial aid through the FAFSA. CCA students were awarded more than $350,000 in federal work-study funds in 2016–2017.

A FWS award gives recipients priority status in securing a part-time job on campus. As part of the federal work-study program, these jobs emphasize employment in work related to their course of study or community service, which means FWS students can earn financial resources as well as professional leadership skills.

Institutional work-study

Institutional work-study funds are awarded to undergraduate and graduate students who may or may not have financial need and don’t qualify for FWS funding. These students are selected based on their FAFSA application, merit, and commitment to community.

On- and off-campus employment

During the 2016–2017 school year, undergraduate students working on campus earned an average of just over $3,000. These jobs, such as Marketing Digital Media Assistant, Studio Assistant, or Facilities Assistant, also deepen the student’s experience on campus and connect them to professionals and peers they might not meet otherwise.

In addition to work-study programs, our graduate students can find on-campus work in CCA’s graduate teaching assistantship program, which offers meaningful, sustained, and practical teaching experience.

There are many resources that all students, regardless of their work-study status, are encouraged to use as they look for employment while in school. Our Career Development office and Center for Art and Public Life are heavily networked with businesses and industries in the Bay Area that hire and hone student talent. Plus, the private CCA Handshake Job Board lists nearby job and internship openings that you can take advantage of while in school.

Loans

Student loan services and information

Apply for federal loans through FAFSA

Loans are different from grants and scholarships because the money borrowed through a loan must be paid back with interest. Federal loans are provided by the United States Department of Education and are one of the many ways to fund your education and potentially qualify for on-campus federal work-study.

To apply for federal loans, you’ll need to submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid, known as FAFSA, by the deadlines listed below. Plan to submit your FAFSA every year you enroll in college, because your financial circumstances may have changed and, thus, your awarded amount could too.

If you’re accepted for admission to CCA, you’ll receive an award letter in the mail that outlines your financial aid award package based on the information we received from your FAFSA. From there, you’re allowed to accept, decline, or petition what you’ve been offered in federal student aid.

FAFSA key dates

Below are important deadlines for submitting a FAFSA application. Graduate and undergraduate students need to do this in order to be considered for federal financial aid (including loans and grants) as well as work-study and several types of institutional scholarships. Find the FAFSA form and steps to apply on the Federal Student Aid website from the U.S. Department of Education. FAFSA for the next academic year becomes available online Oct. 1.

Feb 01

FAFSA priority deadline for fall: New student

Deadline to submit the FAFSA for graduate and undergraduate students starting in the fall.

Oct 01

FAFSA priority deadline for spring: New student

Deadline to submit the FAFSA for undergraduate students starting in the spring.

May 01

FAFSA priority deadline for fall: Continuing student

Deadline to submit the FAFSA for undergraduate and graduate students continuing enrollment in the fall.

Types of loan programs

When you take out a loan, you’re taking on a big financial commitment. With that in mind, our financial aid office provides students with loan counseling after attendance to help assist in responsible repayment. The rate of our students defaulting on student loan payments within three years of graduating is consistently only around 5%.

Here are some of the federal educational loan programs our students frequently leverage to help finance their degrees. They’re only available for U.S. citizens or eligible noncitizens.

Federal Direct Loans

What is a Direct Loan?

Direct Loans are low-interest federal educational loans available to college students who are enrolled at least half-time, are pursuing a degree, and meet other basic requirements for federal aid. Direct Loans are financed directly by the U.S. government, so you don’t need to choose a lender to receive one.

All CCA students borrowing a Direct Loan must complete a Master Promissory Note (MPN) and a loan entrance counseling session prior to the disbursement of loan funds. Direct Loans can be subsidized or unsubsidized, don’t require credit approval, and offer a variety of deferment and repayment options. The standard repayment period under this program is 10 years. Read more about Direct Loans

What’s the difference between a subsidized and unsubsidized Direct Loan?

The federal government pays the interest on subsidized loans while the borrower is enrolled at least half-time and during authorized periods of deferment. Subsidized loans are available to undergraduate students only.

The interest on unsubsidized loans begins to accrue immediately upon disbursement and is generally capitalized (added to the principal amount borrowed) when the borrower is no longer enrolled at least half-time.

What are the interest rates?

The interest rate on subsidized and unsubsidized Direct Loans for undergraduate students disbursed between July 1, 2018, and June 30, 2019, is fixed at 5.05%.

The interest rate on unsubsidized Direct Loans for graduate students disbursed between July 1, 2018, and June 30, 2019, is fixed at 6.60% and interest begins at the time of disbursement.

Who is eligible and how much can I receive?

Eligibility for subsidized Direct Loans is based on financial need as demonstrated via the FAFSA application. Students who don’t demonstrate sufficient need may borrow unsubsidized Direct Loans.

How much you can receive in Direct Loans is dependent on the type of student you are.

Independent and dependent undergraduate students may borrow combined subsidized and unsubsidized Direct Loan amounts not to exceed an annual total of:

  • $5,500 for first-year students (a maximum of $3,500 may be subsidized)
  • $6,500 for second-year students (a maximum of $4,500 may be subsidized)
  • $7,500 for third-, fourth-, and fifth-year students (a maximum of $5,500 may be subsidized)

Independent and dependent undergraduate students whose parents are unable to borrow PLUS Loans (view below) may borrow additional unsubsidized Direct Loan amounts not to exceed an annual total of:

  • $4,000 for first- and second-year students
  • $5,000 for third-, fourth-, and fifth-year students

Graduate students may borrow up to $20,500 per year through the Direct Loan program.

The maximum outstanding total subsidized and unsubsidized Direct Loan debt allowed is:

  • $31,000 for dependent undergraduate students.
  • $57,500 for independent undergraduate students (or dependent undergraduate students whose parents don’t qualify for PLUS Loans). No more than $23,000 of this aggregate amount may be in the form of subsidized loans.
  • $138,500 for graduate or professional-degree students (including loans for undergraduate study). No more than $65,500 of this aggregate amount may be in the form of subsidized loans.

Parent PLUS Loans

What is a Parent PLUS Loan?

Parent PLUS Loans are available to the parents or stepparents of dependent undergraduate students. These credit-based loans aren’t determined by financial need. Read more about Parent PLUS Loans

How do I apply?

PLUS Loans are financed directly by the U.S. government, so you don’t need to choose a lender. Parents borrowing PLUS Loans must complete a PLUS Master Promissory Note (MPN).

Parents of dependent undergraduate students must also complete the PLUS Loan request form.

How much can I receive?

In general, parents may borrow up to the cost of attendance less any other financial aid received. There is no annual limit to the amount that can be borrowed through the PLUS Loan program.

What are the interest rates?

That will vary based on when the loan is borrowed.

The interest rate on parent and graduate PLUS Loans disbursed between July 1, 2018, and June 30, 2019, is fixed at 7.60%.

The standard repayment period under this program is 10 years. Interest is charged on Parent PLUS Loans beginning on the date of the first loan disbursement. Repayment of the principal and interest on a Parent PLUS Loan begins within 60 days after the loan is fully disbursed.

Parents may request an in-school forbearance from Direct Loan Borrower Services during which no payments or interest-only payments are required.

Interest on Parent PLUS Loans continues to be charged during periods of deferment or forbearance. You may either pay the interest as it accrues or you may allow the interest to be capitalized (added to your loan’s principal balance). Capitalization increases the total loan amount that you must repay.

Graduate PLUS Loans

What is a Graduate PLUS Loan?

Graduate and professional students are eligible to take out graduate PLUS Loans on their own behalf. These credit-based loans are not determined by financial need. Read more about Graduate PLUS Loans

How do I apply?

PLUS Loans are financed directly by the U.S. government, so you don’t need to choose a lender. Graduate students borrowing PLUS Loans must complete a graduate PLUS Master Promissory Note (MPN).

How much can I receive?

In general, graduate students may borrow up to the cost of attendance less any other financial aid received. There’s no annual limit to the amount that can be borrowed through the PLUS Loan program.

What are the interest rates?

That will vary based on when the loan is borrowed.

The interest rate on graduate PLUS Loans disbursed between July 1, 2018, and June 30, 2019, is fixed at 7.60%.

The standard repayment period under this program is 10 years. Interest is charged on graduate PLUS Loans beginning on the date of the first loan disbursement.

Graduate PLUS Loan borrowers attending at least half-time will be placed into in-school deferment, during which no payments are required.

Interest on Graduate PLUS Loans continues to be charged during periods of deferment or forbearance. You may either pay the interest as it accrues or you may allow the interest to be capitalized (added to your loan’s principal balance). Capitalization increases the total loan amount that you must repay.

Financial aid forms and petitions

We understand that financing a college education can be challenging in any economic environment. We’re committed to helping you throughout the financial aid process, including petition requests and reviews. Please view financial aid forms for more information about the following types of petitions:

  • Financial aid award
  • Estimated annual income
  • Dependency status override
  • Allowable budget additions

Loan repayment information and resources

After attending CCA, you can access additional loan and loan repayment counseling from our Financial Aid counselors.

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